Body of Knowledge

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    OODA and Agility; Reaching a Conclusion Faster

    - by Joseph Paris

    Since the beginning of recorded history, great leaders of engagements have known two things; 1) Time is the enemy with speed and decisiveness in making a decision being an advantage and 2) there is no such thing as the perfect plan.  Therefore the ability to adapt as circumstances unfold is critical to success. Sun Tzu, a military strategist in the 6th century BC and known for his writings on military doctrine in “The Art of War”, recognized and understood the importance of speed and planning very well. On speed; “Quickness is the essence of the war.  Therefore, it is the…

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    Improving productivity – time for a paradigm shift?

    - by Andy Chilton

    Its time for improvement, as always! In the UK, we are constantly reminding ourselves – where others don’t do it for us – that “Productivity is a huge issue”. From Public to Private sector and now even Third sector (not for profit) organisations, calls for increased “efficiency”, “productivity” and “cost-effectiveness” to list but a few terms are common-place. It is big in the news. For the UK, it is increasingly important if we’re to remain competitive in the world market; especially following Brexit many believe – though who knows what that will mean… assuming it happens… as I write this, …

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    Lessons from the military on creating highly effective teams

    - by Frederick Fladmark

    ‘Leadership by intent’ has been described as the leadership technique that can best contribute to making organisations more adaptable and effective. That it can create an environment of employee empowerment. That it can help businesses thrive in environments that are increasingly volatile, uncertain, complex and ambiguous. In this article, I describe what leadership by intent is and where it comes from. However, the most interesting part is why it works so well, and the neuroscience of why it works. What is leading by intent? It is perhaps David Marquet, in his book ‘Turn the Ship Around’, that has made famous…

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    State of Readiness – The Book

    The company of today has its supply chains and finances stretched further around the globe than ever before while simultaneously having increasing pressures to drive value across a complicated and fluid set of metrics and deliver innovations, products, and services more quickly and reliably. The competitive advantage belongs to the companies that can quicken their vision-building and strategy-execution efforts—the ones that can identify challenges more swiftly and accelerate their decision making so they are better able to formulate and deploy responses decisively yet with greater agility. To successfully accomplish this, companies will have to prioritize creating a culture of leadership…

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    Joseph Paris – Speaking Engagements

    The founder of the OpEx Society, Joseph Paris, is an internationally renowned public speaker, and speaking is his Gemba, (a Japanese word that means “the real place”)… Keynote sessions that Joseph Paris include, and are not limited to; Lessons from Mt. Stupid Why do Lean / Continuous Improvement Programs fail to achieve their potential? What is the psychology behind failure and success? How can we work towards becoming Stewards and being the servant-leader? Guerilla Transformation – Turning an Insurgency into a Movement Why is there resistance to change? How can a credible threat / a disruptor be engineered and properly…

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    The Employee Vs. the Organization

    Sounds like some sort of a media driven grudge match between two heavyweight prize fighters?  It is – based in large measure on my own challenging experience working for 15 companies over the course of 30 years – but as an HR Director, I’m also telling this story from thousands of varying perspectives, through the eyes of my customers (the employees whom I represented). What I’m about to talk about is the recipe for survival – for both the employee and their often emotionally and operationally dysfunctional organisations.  I’m going to be brutally honest and scrape down into root cause issues,…

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